Voting is now open in the Minnesota Department of Transportation's second annual Name a Snowplow contest.
State of play: The promotion, which gave us Plowy McPlowface and seven other newly named trucks, garnered major interest and national attention when it launched last year.
About one in four Minnesota children ages 5 to 11 are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with rates varying significantly across the state.
- Exceptions include several counties in Northern Minnesota, which have also posted high vaccination numbers for adults.
Why it matters: Months after the shots were approved for the cohort, rates continue to lag those for teens and adults.
University of Minnesota students return to campus — and classrooms — Tuesday amid spiking COVID-19 case counts.
Why it matters: The start of the semester brings tens of thousands of students, faculty and staff to the Dinkytown and East Bank neighborhoods.
Vaccine-or-test mandates for indoor dining go into effect in Minneapolis and St. Paul on Wednesday, Jan. 19. Here are answers to some common questions on the orders:
Q: Are all restaurants covered by the requirement?
A: No, St. Paul's order only covers establishments licensed by the city. That means coffee shops, fast food chains and other places that do not serve alcohol are exempt, according to the Pioneer Press.
New vaccine-or-test requirements for indoor dining and drinking in Minneapolis and St. Paul take effect Wednesday.
The big picture: A growing number of major cities, including Boston, Chicago and New York, have instituted similar requirements in an effort to protect public health.
Yes, but: Questions about enforcement, logistics and effectiveness of the temporary measures here remain.
Several progressive Minneapolis City Council members are making a strict rent control ordinance their first big to-do at City Hall.
Why it matters: 53% of voters approved a ballot measure last November giving the new City Council power to enact some kind of rent control ordinance.
Minneapolis and St. Paul largely stand alone when it comes to reviving mask mandates in response to rising Omicron cases.
Driving the news: The Duluth City Council became the latest Minnesota city government to reject a mandate Monday night.
- Local leaders in Bloomington passed a resolution this week encouraging, but not requiring, residents and visitors to wear masks and follow other CDC and state health guidance on curbing COVID.
Why it matters: Masking — especially with an N95 or similar face coverings — in crowded indoor spaces is one of the best tools we have to prevent the virus' spread.
Employers must pay workers in Minneapolis at least $12.50 an hour as of this month, and those with more than 100 employees are required to pay a minimum of $14.25 an hour.
- The increases, part of a plan to raise wages to $15 an hour, bring the annual pay for 40 hours a week to $25,000 and $28,000 respectively.
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